We know that you have a lot of questions when you are looking for a co-op or entry level position so we have compiled these FAQs to help you! If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact our HR team at khancock@welchllp.com.

What is the GPA cut-off for students?
There is no specific GPA cut-off. Although marks are taken into consideration during the application process, we focus on well-rounded students who participate in extra-curricular and volunteer activities and demonstrate an ability to balance competing priorities. We also place value on professionalism, leadership and interpersonal skills, and those who show initiative and integrity.

Do I need accounting experience to be considered?
Absolutely not! Prior experience in bookkeeping or accounting is a strong asset, but we do not expect students to have experience when applying for a co-op or entry-level position at Welch. We provide extensive training and support for our new employees and students to ensure you are fully equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed at any point in your career.

What will my first day be like?
Your first day will be spent learning your way around the office! You will be assigned a “buddy,” meet with the Partner that you will be working with as well as your team members, and start to learn the type of work that you will be assigned as a student.

Will I work long hours?
A certain amount of overtime is unavoidable during busy season at any firm. Our goal is to operate at a manageable pace for our employees. The standard work week increases to 9 hour days from February to April, however, our staff will put in the extra hours if and when it is required in order to meet client deadlines. This means working some evenings and weekends. But don’t worry, we offer plenty of ways to boost staff morale during our busiest times. You’ll find a kitchen stocked with healthy snacks, weekly social breaks, and an all-staff breakfast, to name a few!

What is the work environment like at Welch?
Our environment is very team oriented; rarely will you find yourself working in an isolated environment. We operate like a family, helping one another to succeed and move forward. Regardless of the team you work for, you will be part of a collaborative office with employees that support one another.

Our firm has won multiple awards including 2016 Faces Magazine “Best Place to Work” and 2018 National Capital Region’s Top Employers!

Do I have to have a car?
No you do not. Welch is located in a convenient location in downtown Ottawa, making it easily accessible by public transportation. Many clients will be accessible by public transportation and if they are not, arrangements will be made with the Manager/Partner to get you to the client’s location.

How will my career progress?
Welch offers opportunities for career advancement using a three level manager career path promotion system based on performance. The manager role at Welch is a very important one as it relates to service delivery, training and development of our staff and soliciting new clients. You can expect to meet with your Manager/Partner several times each year to identify goals for your career and discuss how we can support you in your progression.

What is Welch’s dress code?
Welch’s current dress code is “Dress for the Day”! We have modified the business casual dress code to allow more discretion when selecting appropriate attire for each workday. We expect our employees to use their judgment when choosing what to wear. This means dressing professionally when meeting with clients or representing Welch at events.

What type of support does Welch give to students working towards their CPA designation?
Welch provides competitive support for our students working towards their CPA. This includes financial support for CPA PEP, Master’s, and Graduate Diploma students; paid time off for studying and exams; CFE preparation; and a coach/mentor, to name a few!

What type of client industries will I be exposed to?
Welch offers services to clients from a wide variety of industries and sectors. We serve clients in automotive, real estate, construction, not-for-profit, and government sectors, in addition to several others. This allows for our new employees to gain experience in all areas of accounting.

How soon after joining the firm will I be given real responsibilities?
When you join us as a staff accountant, you will be doing basic accounting and auditing under direct Manager/Partner supervision, either alone or as part of a team. New staff accountants are often pleasantly surprised at the level of responsibility they are encouraged to take on when they join us.